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Billionaire Pledges Laptops for Poor Mexican Kids
FOX ^ | 08/03/07 | Unknown

Posted on 08/03/2007 10:59:28 AM PDT by Froufrou

Billionaire Carlos Slim said he doesn't care if he is the world's richest man and promised to donate hundreds of thousands of laptop computers to Mexican children.

The Mexican telecom mogul pledged Thursday to donate 250,000 low-cost laptops to children by the end of the year and as many as 1 million in 2008, saying "digital education" holds the key for Mexico's poor.

Slim is listed by Forbes as the world's second-richest man with holdings worth $53 billion, but some financial analysts say he may have overtaken Microsoft (MSFT) founder Bill Gates as the world's richest.

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Speaking to foreign correspondents on Thursday, Slim said the ranking meant little to him.

"That's water off a duck's back to me," Slim said. "I don't know if that (the ranking) is correct, if I'm first, 20th, or 2,000th. It doesn't matter. It's all the same."

"I think that what's important is to see that a professional or business activity isn't incompatible with personal or family life," he said.

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TOPICS: Mexico; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: billionaires; carlosslim; laptops
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Oh, good. Now they'll have something to do while they're in need of clothes, food and shelter. [/s]
1 posted on 08/03/2007 10:59:29 AM PDT by Froufrou
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To: Froufrou
Maybe they'll want to stay home now.

Can you eat a laptop?

2 posted on 08/03/2007 11:03:46 AM PDT by GFritsch ('All men will hate you because of me, but he who stands firm to the end will be saved'." -)
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To: Froufrou

Really. How about a couple of carrots so your kids quit going BLIND.


3 posted on 08/03/2007 11:04:26 AM PDT by Hi Heels (Cleverly disguised as a responsible adult.)
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To: Froufrou

They’ll be used to play “Invasores Del Espacio” or sold to buy food and clothes.


4 posted on 08/03/2007 11:05:07 AM PDT by agooga (When boyhood's fire was in my blood, I read of ancient free men...)
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To: Froufrou

Where are they going to plug in the laptops? Their belly buttons?

Smooth move, Carlos. No wonder you’ve got all those pesos.


5 posted on 08/03/2007 11:05:20 AM PDT by RexBeach
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To: Froufrou

Mexico isn’t some starving nation in sub-Saharan Africa, you know. While poverty may be rife, the majority of people have enough of the bare essentials to get by.

If giving disadvantaged Mexican kids computers helps get them a better education and, in the long run, helps to raise the standard of living, then I’m all for it. A wealthier, healthier Mexico on our southern border can only be good for America.


6 posted on 08/03/2007 11:06:13 AM PDT by tyke
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To: Froufrou

How about leaf blowers instead, so when they cross the border they come fully equipped?!


7 posted on 08/03/2007 11:06:26 AM PDT by Revolting cat! (We all need someone we can bleed on...)
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To: GFritsch

“Can you eat a laptop?”

Maybe they can use it to order a pizza. Or cake maybe . . . that’s it! Let them eat cake!


8 posted on 08/03/2007 11:07:10 AM PDT by Law is not justice but process
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To: Tijeras_Slim
Billionaire Carlos Slim ....

Any relation?

;o)

9 posted on 08/03/2007 11:07:33 AM PDT by ladtx ("You know you are getting old when everything either dries up or leaks." Will Rogers)
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To: Froufrou

When will he get them electricity so they can use the things?


10 posted on 08/03/2007 11:07:38 AM PDT by <1/1,000,000th%
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To: RexBeach; agooga; Hi Heels; GFritsch

‘Zactly! The air must be very thin at Carlos’ place! :p


11 posted on 08/03/2007 11:07:41 AM PDT by Froufrou
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To: Froufrou
Let the mexicans scam the nigerians and visa versa.. Sounds like a plan!
12 posted on 08/03/2007 11:08:06 AM PDT by Weeedley (Let your plans be dark and impenetrable as night, and when you move, fall like a thunderbolt.)
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To: Froufrou
Slim amassed his fortune by a corrupt monopoly. He’s trying to brush up his image so reformers can’t take it away.
13 posted on 08/03/2007 11:08:33 AM PDT by colorado tanker
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To: Froufrou
Oh, good. Now they'll have something to do while they're in need of clothes, food and shelter.

They may be poor, but they'll get free porn.

14 posted on 08/03/2007 11:08:53 AM PDT by dfwgator (The University of Florida - Still Championship U)
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To: Revolting cat!
How about leaf blowers instead, so when they cross the border they come fully equipped?!

ROFLMAO!!

15 posted on 08/03/2007 11:09:14 AM PDT by meowmeow (In Loving Memory of Our Dear Viking Kitty (1987-2006))
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To: tyke

Rockfeller gave China lamps, so they would buy his OIL. Slim is going to give away 250,000 laptops, and half of the recipients will sign up to TEL MEX Slim’s Internet, paying $40 USD a month, so they can download free pornography. That is pitiful. Education, NOT


16 posted on 08/03/2007 11:09:30 AM PDT by rovenstinez
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To: Revolting cat!
Like the Man vs Wild guy, maybe the kids should be given a water bottle, knife and flint (the desert is so difficult to cross, especially with a heavy laptop)


17 posted on 08/03/2007 11:09:38 AM PDT by Bladerunnuh
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To: Froufrou

Question:
What is it with these rich barons? They make their millions with a b off the back of America, then turn their backs on the country by either backing far leftist candidates, or assist illegal invaders. Why?

Answer:
The same ole same ole - do away with the two party system, as the Demos in Congress, and the state of Washington, think has already been done, in order to get complete control of the populace in order to guarantee their elitism forever.


18 posted on 08/03/2007 11:10:01 AM PDT by Paperdoll ( Vote for Duncan Hunter in the Primaries for America's sake!)
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To: Froufrou

I know Bill Gates was happy to hear the news of his purchase.

I hope Carlos includes all poor mexican children, including the kids that have come over here or born here of illegal parents.


19 posted on 08/03/2007 11:10:33 AM PDT by rineaux (the powers that be are laughing at us)
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To: ladtx

Unfortunately not.


20 posted on 08/03/2007 11:10:33 AM PDT by Tijeras_Slim
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To: Revolting cat!; tyke

~snorrfle!~ Leaf blowers for the jobs Americans won’t do.

Tyke is right; I’ve been there and Mexico is a gorgeous country, not a third world nation. That their upper class is so cavalier about the lower class is something kind of horrific, though.


21 posted on 08/03/2007 11:10:49 AM PDT by Froufrou
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To: Froufrou
250,000 low-cost laptops to children by the end of the year and as many as 1 million in 2008, saying "digital education"
22 posted on 08/03/2007 11:11:59 AM PDT by A_Tradition_Continues (THE NEXT GENERATION CONSERVATIVE)
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To: A_Tradition_Continues
250,000 low-cost laptops to children by the end of the year and as many as 1 million in 2008, saying "digital education"

Each will be loaded with Google Earth for easy directionns North.

23 posted on 08/03/2007 11:13:14 AM PDT by A_Tradition_Continues (THE NEXT GENERATION CONSERVATIVE)
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To: dfwgator; colorado tanker; Weeedley; Paperdoll

Gator! Free porn, you always look for the silver lining, eh?

Seriously, what he’ll spend for those laptops would probably feed the family for a year. Maybe even pay for heat.

Doll, you get it. It is just so arrogant.


24 posted on 08/03/2007 11:15:40 AM PDT by Froufrou
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To: Froufrou

Why are my American children being disenfranchised? Both of them would like a laptop, but we just can’t afford them. One of the two is a straight A student taking honors classes. As a parent, it feels awful not being able to afford a laptop for such an overachiever. Instead, we watch large sums of money going to pork, special interests and lawbreaking foreigners.

‘scuse me while I go cut my own darn lawn.


25 posted on 08/03/2007 11:16:33 AM PDT by getmeouttaPalmBeachCounty_FL (****************************Stop Continental Drift**)
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To: Froufrou
This is an envy deflection tactic, similar to a rich person becoming a limousine liberal.

Instead of giving out bribes maybe he should devote his energies to fighting bribes and corruption in Mexico. A required step for a nation to lift itself out of third world status and provide wealth for all its citizens requires the establishment of rule of law.

26 posted on 08/03/2007 11:16:45 AM PDT by Reeses (Leftism is powered by the evil force of envy.)
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To: dfwgator

Ten to one the parents sell the computer to buy an X-Box, some bling and some trips to Micky-Ds.


27 posted on 08/03/2007 11:18:45 AM PDT by getmeouttaPalmBeachCounty_FL (****************************Stop Continental Drift**)
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To: Froufrou

Yeah, some very strange reactions on this thread. Here’s a man who’s made a fortune using the capitalist ideals America hold so dear, and is now trying to give something back to his own country through personal charity (another of those wild and crazy conservative notions). I don’t really see anything wrong with that. It’s his money.


28 posted on 08/03/2007 11:20:17 AM PDT by tyke
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To: Froufrou
“... Mexico is a gorgeous country, not a third world nation.”

These two descriptions - gorgeous and third world - are not mutually exclusive. (And I am not necessarily referring to Selma Hayek!)

29 posted on 08/03/2007 11:21:41 AM PDT by riverdawg
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To: RexBeach

“Where are they going to plug in the laptops? “

They get it in the US when they bring the laptops with them. Hope Slim threw in some backpacks to carry them in.


30 posted on 08/03/2007 11:21:48 AM PDT by Kirkwood
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To: getmeouttaPalmBeachCounty_FL; Reeses

Reeses, you’re right. Pelosi and Hillary don’t think for a second the rules apply to them. But they will suffer you and me to pay the price for their liberalism!

I hope that soon enough all high schools will have laptops as so many colleges issue now with paid tuition.

In the meantime, Palm Beach Co FL, may I suggest refurbished laptops? I bet you may have one called ‘Mr. Laptop’ or even perhaps a nonprofit that provides gently used computers at a big savings...


31 posted on 08/03/2007 11:22:26 AM PDT by Froufrou
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To: Froufrou

so they can surf porn like the nigerian kids?


32 posted on 08/03/2007 11:22:26 AM PDT by thefactor
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To: dfwgator

ABUJA, Nigeria - Nigerian schoolchildren who received laptops from a U.S. aid organization have used them to explore pornographic sites on the Internet . . .

http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/19871792/


33 posted on 08/03/2007 11:23:16 AM PDT by donna (The United States Constitution and the Koran are mutually exclusive.)
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To: Reeses

Instead of giving out bribes maybe he should devote his energies to fighting bribes and corruption in Mexico. A required step for a nation to lift itself out of third world status and provide wealth for all its citizens requires the establishment of rule of law.
___________________

Hit the nail on the head ~


34 posted on 08/03/2007 11:23:42 AM PDT by cowdog77 (" Are there any brave men left in Washington, or are they all cowards?")
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To: RexBeach

They have hand crank power systems.


35 posted on 08/03/2007 11:25:17 AM PDT by Petronski (imwithfred.com)
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To: Paperdoll
What is it with these rich barons? They make their millions with a b off the back of America, then turn their backs on the country by either backing far leftist candidates, or assist illegal invaders.

So any person, church, or charity that sends money south of the border is assisting illegals crossing the border? What a bizarre notion.

And should the American "rich barons" who have made their fortunes in China, Europe, the Middle East not be allowed to take their fortunes home to America? That sounds like a socialism to me.

36 posted on 08/03/2007 11:25:56 AM PDT by tyke
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To: tyke
It’s his money.

Nobody is saying he can't do with his money what he wants, but we can still ridicule it.

37 posted on 08/03/2007 11:26:05 AM PDT by dfwgator (The University of Florida - Still Championship U)
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To: tyke; riverdawg

Tyke, please ref Reese’s post #26. Mexico has it’s good and bad like any other place. Maybe this will turn out the way he envisions it, and I hope it does.

Part of the problem is that these kids may not know enough to want better technology. Riverdawg, do you suggest the beautiful scenery may interfere...? ;o)


38 posted on 08/03/2007 11:27:15 AM PDT by Froufrou
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To: Bladerunnuh

You just made my day by posting his picture. Although, I like him with shorter hair.


39 posted on 08/03/2007 11:28:19 AM PDT by elc
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To: dfwgator
LOL!
40 posted on 08/03/2007 11:30:25 AM PDT by colorado tanker (I'm unmoderated - just ask Bill O'Reilly)
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To: Froufrou

Probably old models that he couldn’t sell at CompUSA.


41 posted on 08/03/2007 11:34:42 AM PDT by PAR35
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To: getmeouttaPalmBeachCounty_FL

Not really related to the thread, other than the laptop i’ll post a link to uses some of the same manufacturing techniques to minimize size.

http://www.notebookreview.com/default.asp?newsID=3829

http://www.hothardware.com/Articles/Hands_on_with_the_ASUS_Eee/

It’s better than the free laptops from the MIT program, and should be a a pretty good first laptop for students.

Quote:
One of the biggest news stories out of this year’s Computex wasn’t of a new chipset, GPU, or graphics card, but rather of the announcement of the ASUS Eee PC, a small, slim, and light portable computer that is priced at $199. Introduced by Jonney Shih, Chariman and CEO of ASUS at Intel’s keynote address the first day of the show, the Eee PC has already made headlines world wide.

The Eee PC’s main competition is the One Laptop Per Child (OLPC) project that originally aimed to bring to market a laptop priced at $100 for children in developing countries. However, the OLPC project has seen numerous delays and even a price increase to the $170 range.


42 posted on 08/03/2007 11:36:37 AM PDT by JerseyHighlander
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To: riverdawg
Selma = Salma
43 posted on 08/03/2007 11:37:04 AM PDT by riverdawg
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To: Froufrou

If he really wants to help Mexican children he should try to bring them capitalism and democracy.


44 posted on 08/03/2007 11:37:05 AM PDT by goodwithagun (My gun has killed less people than Ted Kennedy's car.)
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To: Froufrou

I enjoy Mexican food, does that qualify me for a laptop????


45 posted on 08/03/2007 11:37:07 AM PDT by notpoliticallycorewrecked (California : home of the fruits, nuts and flakes.)
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To: notpoliticallycorewrecked; goodwithagun

Works for me!


46 posted on 08/03/2007 11:38:07 AM PDT by Froufrou
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To: Froufrou

They have cell phones and monster trucks, they probably already have laptops.


47 posted on 08/03/2007 11:38:36 AM PDT by Ajnin (Neca Eos Omnes. Deus Suos Agnoset.)
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To: Froufrou

What the hell, he’s part of the Mexican elite that have pirated the resources of the Mexican people for many generations, so giving the unwashed a small “tip” to keep them smiling for a short while seems a good investment prior to next week’s looting.


48 posted on 08/03/2007 11:41:41 AM PDT by vetsvette (Bring Him Back)
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To: Reeses
Instead of giving out bribes maybe he should devote his energies to fighting bribes and corruption in Mexico

He got rich by paying giant ( $25 million + ) bribes to the despicable Salinas brothers for government monopoly industries.

How could he repudiate his own business plan?

49 posted on 08/03/2007 11:44:48 AM PDT by Regulator
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To: Froufrou

Time to buy stock in Dell and spanish language porn.


50 posted on 08/03/2007 11:44:58 AM PDT by Hacklehead (Liberals, replacing what works with what doesn't since 1940.)
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